Eleven McQuaid students - 10 high school and one middle school - competed at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 17-22, 2018. The Worlds Team went 4-2, winning two prepared rounds and two impromptu rounds. Rising junior Jake Longuil made it to the quarterfinals in Poetry Reading, his supplemental event, meaning he is among the top-24 in the nation. Rising freshman Rohan Vyas became the school's first middle school student to compete in Nationals and had an impressive showing, making it to the semifinals in Extemporaneous Speech.
At the tournament, coach Kathy Ruppert received the First Diamond Award during a special ceremony. Diamond coach awards reflect excellence and longevity in the activity. Coaches receive one point for every 10 merit points earned by their students until they reach 25 points at which point they earn association membership and advanced standing at the same milestones as students. A coach must earn 1,500 points to earn the First Diamond Award. Five years must pass between each new diamond award, and a certain number of points must be earned during each interval.
Congratulations to the entire team on a great season!